Sunday, 27 January 2013
Meall Mor.Glen Gyle. Rob Roy's Mountain.
A good history of the house, modern dodgy dealings surrounding it, and the Clan Gregor connected to it is contained in here.http://www.glendiscovery.com/glengyle-house. Click on Glengyle House htm, to see it.
The photograph above is the route we took following a faint path around the back of the buildings starting near the old graveyard. By the look of it this mountain does not get many ascents. I know from previous outings with Alex on the hills surrounding Loch Katrine that these hills give tough walking and this one was no exception.
The snow was soft and slippery underfoot and the wind chill factor was below minus twenty. As soon as you removed a glove to take a photograph your hands grew numb and even with double insulated gloves and full face balaclavas on it was unpleasant. Hands had to be brought back to life occasionally by removing gloves and placing them under clothing next to bare warm skin to keep the blood circulating round the fingers.
Views northwards were impressive though.
A great day out but easily the coldest day on the hills I've had for several years. Even the walk back to the car along the low level water board road with a strong headwind blowing off the loch was full face balaclava time with jacket hood up and freezing, watering eyeballs.
Video is Catherine Destivelle in a classic from Mali. Its nine minutes long but a real gem with local cultural interest throughout as she solos a vertical cliff with a trumpet playing witch doctor blasting jazz at her as she hangs off overhangs.
I remember seeing this many years ago as she's a real legend in climbing circles. In her early 50s now. Also the first women to solo the north face of the Eiger in winter taking 15 hours. Makes our day out seem rather tame :0)